Common Core Indoctrination: Control the Children, Control the Nation

Many conservatives make references in regards to how our country is becoming less of a constitutional republic each day. This is made apparent by the way our federal government has worked to interfere with education. 

Most Americans who pick up a paper are aware of Common Core and what it consists of. Parents of children who are fighting against having their children taught under a common core program know what it is by first hand experience. The teachers who have stood up against teaching Common Core understand the political gravity of this educational system. Yet, how many Americans know why the government is pushing a system that manipulates historical facts into popular opinion, and takes away the critical thinking skills of our children?

The answer lies within the confines of pushing more government on ‘we the people’, through our very own education system. This is not new as history has shown a similar pattern taking place in the past with Hitler and the infiltration of the Nazi ideology into German school systems. As our country takes on ObamaCare, Common Core, and new gun regulations by the day, are we on a slippery slope to a new form of Nazism, but in our very own country? By opening the door of our educational system to Common Core, we are permitting our youth to be indoctrinated with a socialist-progressive liberal agenda, the first amendment to freedom of speech is being stifled, and we are building the future for sub par educated students that will allow them to be manipulated by government agenda and propaganda as adults.

Hitler is primarily known for his slaughter of the Jews and his attempt to develop an Ayrian race. However, Rome was not built in a day and neither was Hitler’s army nor the power he had over Germany. With the use of indoctrination and manipulation, he infiltrated the elementary schools with his ideology that pushed his agenda. The History Place, A Prelude to War describes this infiltration beginning in the schools and how it resulted in lowered education among German graduates. This writing goes on to describe how ‘history was rewritten to place emphasis on Nazi themes of racial struggle.’ Sound familiar? It should since one of the most detrimental things Common Core is becoming renowned for is the rewriting of historical events as it pertains to the constitution and our forefathers.

In September of 2013, The Blaze reported a school in Texas using a book that rewrote the 2nd Amendment from the U.S. ratified definition of “ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” to a rewritten text book version saying “ The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”  Just as Hitler infiltrated Jewish racism among elementary kids to push his anti-Semitic agenda, the gun control views of Barack Obama have been infiltrated into our elementary schools of present day to help push a liberal anti gun agenda. If our children aren’t being taught their freedoms by a government-based curriculum, then it is evident that government has every intention of taking our liberties and pushing us towards a future dictatorship.

Another disturbing parallel to Hitler’s indoctrination was the fear held by teachers. During the time Hitler’s control over his country’s education curriculum, teachers feared for more than their jobs, they feared being put in a concentration camp according to the research found in The History Place: A Prelude to War. The fear of teachers losing their jobs is a fear held by many educators today. While some have braved the political storm and spoken out against common core many other teachers have continued to remain silent.

The Blaze reported in January of this year how a superintendent laid out nothing short of a threat to the teachers of Petal School District in Mississippi if they were to oppose Common Core. Breitbart reported a brave kindergarten teacher, Susan Kimball, reached out to her Senator in Missouri to describe the mistreatment she has been dealt since she made the decision to speak out against common core in her school district.

During Hitler’s Nazi indoctrination, teachers were made to swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler that they would teach within the framework of Nazi “ideas and values”(The Holocaust Explained). How is this suppression of the first amendment and threats by superintendents any different than the teachers swearing to uphold Nazi ideology? The scary truth is it’s more parallel than different and the future of our youth’s education is reliant on those brave enough to push past the threats in the political arena of an overreaching government.

With history being rewritten and teachers being forced to suppress their first amendment, where does that leave the educational standard? More importantly, why would the greatest country on earth want to endorse the loss of the great intellectual minds that this country needs to prosper in the future? The answer is scary but simple. The less people think for themselves the easier it is for corrupt politicians to manipulate the laws they swore an oath to uphold. Restrictive governmental and political figures rely on lower educated citizens who don’t know the constitution which allows for the law to be manipulated for political gain. History is littered with the lowering of educational standards to help push particular leaders agenda and propaganda to secure a place in power. If one cannot think critically for themselves and does not know the law, then one cannot be in opposition to what is right in regards to the law. This gives our politicians free reign over the people, less opposition to government control, and allows for manipulation of governmental powers over the very people who the laws of the constitution were written for.

The teachers that are speaking out against common core are sending up a red flag for this country. Common Core is yet another slippery slope that is moving us away from a constitutional republic, to a more restrictive government. This will potentially lead to a loss in liberty and dictatorship. While at one time this possibility seemed unfathomable in a nation originally designed to obstruct tyranny, we are now finding ourselves simmering in a pot of government control and will wake up one day to find ourselves boiling in a dictatorship without no liberties left to us. Now is the time to act and work towards getting Common Core out of our school systems. If Oklahoma can get this curriculum overturned, then the rest of the United States does not have an excuse to not attempt the same at ridding our educational system of Common Core.

Ohios Attempt to Repeal Common Core

There’s an effort underway in the Ohio House of Representatives to repeal the state’s use of national Common Core educational standards. It has the support of Republican Matt Huffman, who is among the House leadership in the GOP-controlled chamber.

Huffman says the national standards fail to take into account the unique needs and culture of different regions.

Huffman says he’s hoping for a vote on dumping the national standards in November. His position may put him at odds with fellow Republican and Governor John Kasich who has supported the Common Core in the past.

There have been similar initiatives to repeal the Common Core standards in Kentucky.


Glenn Beck Uses Simulcast Theater Event to Target Common Core

TV host Glenn Beck on Tuesday night leveraged a variety of media tools—including a nationwide simulcast at movie theaters, social media, and his own loyal audience—to call on Americans to rise up against the Common Core State Standards by persuading state lawmakers to reverse their states’ participation.

“Tonight, with your help, we’re going to use this soundstage … to make common core history,” Beck said during his “We Will Not Conform” event, a two-hour simulcast beamed from a TV studio in Dallas to what he said was some 700 movie theaters nationwide, including an upscale multiplex here in outlying suburban Washington that drew about 50 attendees.


Stacey Smith, a health-industry employee from Berryville, Va., watched the event with her husband, Mark, and their 13-year-old son. She wanted to become armed with information to help guarantee that Virginia—one of a handful of states that never adopted the common core—stays in that category. The common core “pushes storytelling out of the curriculum,” she said.

Beck, the 50-year-old conservative media maven, said that the “creative freedom to explore and innovate is being systematically wiped out in our best teachers” by the common standards, now in effect in most states.

“Instead of encouraging teachers to take risks, they’re now being told to be common. To conform,” he said. “To just take the test and give the test. That’s it. And these tests are created by bureaucrats who have already conformed.”

The simulcast was co-hosted by Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts (home of his Web-based TV and radio channel, The Blaze) as well as FreedomWorks, a Washington-based conservative advocacy group.The $20-per-ticket event was built to a large degree around Beck’s recent book (with co-author Kyle Olson), Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education.

While the book was mentioned a couple of times, Beck didn’t relentlessly promote it during the event. Instead, the simulcast was built around conversations at five or six tables of “working groups”—handpicked participants discussing such themes as research and resources, grassroots, politics, messaging, and alternatives to public education.

Michelle Malkin, a conservative blogger, was one of the more strident voices during the evening, referring several times to the “cabals” that were pushing common core.

“We’re talking about not just the standards … but the bigger picture that’s at play here,” she said. “For most people, the first experience they had with common core or ‘fed ed’ is when they open up their kid’s backpack and they see something that doesn’t make sense. They start asking questions, and what do they get in response, from their administrators, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, from whatever special interest is plying this? They get a set of regurgitated talking points and a platform that is just demonstrably not true.”

No Primer Offered

One curious aspect of the event: It seemed to expect a certain level of basic knowledge about the debate over common core. Even though participants were asked to invite a friend or neighbor who may be unfamiliar with the debate, there were no primers or taped background pieces.

Several participants made oblique references to common-core-inspired math worksheets that students and parents found perplexing and overly complicated, but there were no displays of specific examples. (Later, though, parents and other activists were encouraged to post such materials online to help build opposition.)

Beck said during the simulcast there were many packed theaters across the country, and some that might be near-empty. One in Union Square in New York City that had attracted a sparse crowd for past Beck events had 35 participants present, he said. (A spokesman for Beck’s company said Wednesday that final attendance figures were not yet available.)

“And if you’re in a D.C. suburb and you are by yourself, know that you are not alone,” Beck said. “In your case, the NSA is watching you.”

That drew laughs among the four dozen or so people watching at the upscale Cobb 12 theaters here in Leesburg, in largely conservative Loudoun County, about 40 minutes outside of Washington. The We Will Not Conform event played adjacent to theaters showing such first-run movies as “Sex Tape” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

Stacey Smith said she and her husband are huge fans of Beck and have attended other live events of his. She said she knew from advance discussions on The Blaze not to expect a “Common Core 101″ discussion.

Ed and Charlene Godish, retirees who drove from Petersburg, W. Va., to the Leesburg cinema, said they were concerned about what common core might mean for their youngest grandchildren.

The standards represent “a government takeover as opposed to the parents having control of their children’s education,” said Charlene Godish, 66.
Ed Godish, 71, said he had read Beck’s book on the common core. “They’re taking history out, which concerns me,” he said, reflecting a perception among some critics that the standards, which cover mathematics and English/language arts, are crowding out other subjects.

Standards Vs. Curriculum

Some messages offered by participants in the simulcast tended to conflate the common-core standards and the tests geared around them with school curriculum.

“Common core is without common sense,” Beck said. “None of this curriculum has been tested, right?”

Proponents of the standards say they do not dictate a specific curriculum. The opponents take issue with that.

Beck, dressed in a summer-weight blazer and tie, jeans, and sneakers, moved around the large studio, though his table captains sometimes led discussions. Some lighter moments came with the interactive participation by the nationwide audience. This was through Twitter, email, and a number of instant polls conducted via text message.

For example, audience members were asked to name a national politician who might best serve as a leader against the common core. The winners were U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky.

In another instant poll, two-thirds of participants said taking to Twitter would be the most effective tactic to battle the standards, followed by 17 percent for Facebook, and single digits for options such as circulating petitions and contacting the traditional news media.

Indeed, a number of parents and educators in the studio discussed how they have been using social media to build opposition to the common core. But older techniques such as showing up at state capitals were important, too, they said.

“Face to face is the way to do this,” Beck said.

Article Credit To: EdWeek

Tennessee Student Speaks Out About Common Core (Video)

While attention is on the debacle that is Obamacare, there is another even more disturbing comprehensive government program being implemented called “Common Core” a set of educational guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local or state governments.

This federal takeover of public education redefines reading and math standards, teaching and testing for K-12 schooling. According to a report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI):

The sweeping bold national effort was introduced in 2010 and adopted by more than 40 states with little notice, Common Core has since rocketed into the popular imagination. Headlines are now filled with tales of angry public meetings and legislative clashes in places like Florida, New York and Georgia. This discord may surprise some. The Common Core is the very reform that the New York Times editorial board celebrated as “a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” and which U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said “may prove to be the single greatest thing to happen to public education in America since Brown versus Board of Education.”

But challenges with implementation are making the Common Core look more and more like Obamacare. States like Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma that were eager to adopt the standards in 2010 are now having second thoughts. The AEI reports even the president of the American Federation of Teachers admitted the implementation of the Common Core is “far worse” than the launch of Obamacare – and that’s saying something.

Kentucky College-Bound Students Face Federal Blackmail (Petition Link)

The SAT college-entrance exam is becoming a “Common Core exam.”

That means Kentucky high schoolers and their parents have become pawns in a massive BLACKMAIL scheme to force Common Core on all of America’s schools — regardless of whether your state adopts the testing standards or not!

Here’s the full story …

The Atlantic reports that David Coleman, president of The College Board, which developed the SAT, says that college examinations have “become disconnected from the work of our high schools.”

It’s interesting to point out that Coleman became president of the College Board in 2012, after he reportedly played “a vital role” in the development of
(wait for it) … the Common Core!

+ + Take The “Carrot” … Or Else!

The “carrot” of receiving federal funds for adopting Common Core standards is now accompanied by a “gun” that’s being held to the heads of state lawmakers, school administrators and parents.

It’s as if the federal government and “progressives” are telling anyone opposed to Common Core: “Walk away and your children may not gain admission into the college or university of their choice.”

This is especially unnerving considering that the SAT and ACT currently are being rewritten to “connect with the Common Core.”

Don’t let Obama and his progressive minions — including Coleman and others — “blackmail” you into handing over the mind of your child or grandchild. Stand with tens of thousands of grassroots Americans who are fighting back.

Join the nearly 40,000 concerned citizens who have added their names to the national “Stop Common Core” petition by going here now:

+ + Nearly 40,000 Signatures Strong … And Building

As word spreads about this Obama-administration effort to control the minds of our children, thousands are signing every day. But we need your help to keep building grassroots momentum!

After adding your name to the “Stop Common Core” petition, take a moment to forward this message to your friends and family. Urge fellow patriots to go here to stand with you by signing the national “Stop Common Core” petition:

Thanks, in advance, for the stand you’re taking.

Utah Father’s Compelling Letter in Opposition of Common Core Standards

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Letter Re: My Concerns With Common Core

 Garrett Hall

Dear Governor Herbert, Utah State School Board, State Superintendent Menlove, Attorney General Swallow, State Legislators, Local School Boards, et al.:

As an involved parent, I am extremely concerned about the work my children are bringing home as a result of the Utah Common Core State Standards (“CCSS”). Below you will find some of my concerns.

First, my children are NOT merely bricks in a wall. They are unique and wonderful children! They have different strengths and weaknesses. My daughter – like her lawyer father – is more geared towards language, words, reading and logic. My son – like his college-educated mother – is more gifted in mathematics and science. My third son is a healthy mixture of the two. My daughter prefers to learn through practical examples and illustrations while my six year-old son likes to learn through straightforward facts and numbers. We cannot successfully parent and teach each of them the same way, so how do you propose that CCSS can successful teach them and their unique classmates in the exact same manner?

Second, my children are overwhelmed with the amount of busy homework they have to complete when they get home from school. To begin with, the kids are awake from about 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. Of those 13 waking hours they are at school from 9:00 to 4:00. Then when they get home, they read for 25 minutes and take about 27 minutes to complete homework – and they are in 1st and 3rd grade! I’ll make this really simple using the “Lattice Method”: there are 60 minutes in one hour and the kids are awake for 13 hours, so they are awake for 3×0 + 3×6 + 0x1 + 6×1 / / / hours. They spend 0x7 + 7×7 + 0x0 + 7×0 / / / at school. Then, they spend 25 + (27 + 3 = 30) = 45 – 3 = 42 minutes doing homework. That only leaves 780 (+20 to round to 800) minutes minus 420 (subtract 20 to round to 400) minus 42 (subtract 2 to round to 40) minutes to spend with their family and to just be kids and learn on their own. Yeah, that’s 800 – 400 = 400 minus 20 = 380 minus 20 = 360 minus 42 homework minutes (subtract 2 to round to 40) equals 320 minus 2 to get to 318 free minutes. It would be one thing if the homework stimulated their brains or if the work was preparing them for the real world, but it is full of mindless estimations and backward mathematical methods.

Third [I will give you 30 seconds to read this paragraph. If you do not read it in 30 seconds, you are not up to MY standards], there is an over-utilization of timed reading in the curriculum.  When I was in elementary school, I learned to read and comprehend what I was reading. I don’t know how many words I could read in a minute at each level, but I learned to read at a comfortable pace, while absorbing the material I was reading. Is there some time-sensitive aspect of the “global economy” that I don’t understand? I have lived in Southeast Asia and all over the United States, I have completed 20 years of education and have passed a Bar exam; I do not remember ever benefiting from being able to read something at the fastest pace possible with there being no inherent penalties/drawbacks for lack of comprehension. Why is this so important to state standards? You may have read this paragraph in 30 seconds, but did you comprehend it? It matters.

Fourth, as I mentioned above, I have lived in Asia and I have witnessed the school systems there. The students are generally disciplined and complete their work. The work usually requires almost exclusively memorization and regurgitation. I often hear that the Asian education system is so wonderful and America is way behind in education because the kids in Asia score well on tests, but I don’t see a lot of innovation coming from those countries. Sure, they build iPhones and iPads efficiently and they produce many great products, but I don’t recall many breakthroughs coming from Asia. Am I wrong? They are good at following instructions and reproducing results, but I have found a huge inability to think outside the box, to interpret unique data, and to understand context. Many of them (generally) are followers, but not thinkers. It’s almost as if you are trying to create a generation of followers and not thinkers…

Fifth, I have an assignment for you. Assume that the Constitution of the United States is outdated and needs to be changed (that shouldn’t be too hard for some of you). You – a Federal government agency – want to develop a one-size-fits-all education system for the entire Nation, but the Constitution does not specifically grant that right to your agency. What would you add or take away from the Constitution in order to make this new standard system of education constitutional? You will need to prioritize, prune and add text to turn your system into a constitutionally acceptable form of education. Then, propose a plan for how to get States to go along with your education program. Money is not an issue; you can promise them as much money as it takes, but you must get them signed up. Your proposal will be submitted in its final form as a persuasive presentation to the American people. They have been given the important individual charge – by their Creator – to educate their own children and, having partially delegated that responsibility to local school districts, will judge your proposal based on the validity and veracity of your arguments as to whether you have any right and/or ability to educate their children in the manner proposed. Your score will not be shared with you. We will keep your proposal in our database for future reference.

Sixth, suppose you are the Governor of Utah and in your 2012 gubernatorial election you received 624,678 votes, or 68.4%. Further suppose that during the Republican convention, you received 2,253 votes, or 57.67%. Now suppose that since your election your supporters, who oppose Common Core at the federal and state level, discover that you support Common Core at one or both of those levels. Suppose that these supporters are very serious about the education of their children and do not approve of their elected leaders supporting such a massive, radical form of standardized education. If (let’s put our estimation hats on) half of those supporters become former supporters and choose to vote for one of your Republican challengers instead of you, how many people would still support you in the convention and, if you survive the convention, how many Utahans would turn out to vote for you in the next election? The number is not important. The WHY is everything. As long as you understand WHY, maybe, just maybe you will survive in the Utah – not global – economy.

Thank you for your time and attention to our concerns. As parents of OUR children, my wife and I have the ultimate responsibility for educating OUR children and preparing them for the future. We take OUR responsibility very seriously. You, as public “servants,” work for US. If you do not serve the good of OUR children, we will relieve you of your post or we will remove our children from your collective, destructive influence.

Your Bosses,
The Halls



Georgia has now joined the states of Alabama, Utah, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania in withdrawing from the national Common Core tests. With this latest state withdrawal, the program appears to be in danger of unraveling.


According to Politico, now that the new math and language tests that are tied to the Common Core national academic standards are almost ready, state officials have found that the exams are too long, too expensive, and require a higher level of computer technology than is often available. Perhaps first and foremost, however, states are fighting back against the standards as a federal intrusion into an area that has historically been reserved for them.

“There are going to be lots and lots of forces pulling states away from these assessments,” said Andy Smarick, an education analyst with Bellwether Education Partners. “It doesn’t look good.”

In addition, the House has just passed the Student Success Act (SSA), a proposal sponsored by GOP Reps. John Kline (MN) and Todd Rokita (IN), to rewrite the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.

The Heritage Foundation reports that the SSA would eliminate the federal mandate known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for reading and math proficiency, and thereby allow states to design their own accountability systems.

The SSA would also eliminate the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) federal mandate, a burdensome and ineffective regulation requiring teachers of core subjects to be state certified and have a bachelor’s degree. With research indicating that teacher impact on student achievement is not affected by whether a teacher is traditionally or alternatively certified – or even uncertified – the SSA again returns this decision to state and local educational leaders.

Very pertinent to the Common Core standards, the SSA would also remove maintenance-of-effort regulations that require states to spend money in order to obtain the associated federal funding.

According to the Heritage Foundation, the SSA:

…includes strong language clearly delineating that standards and assessments are not to be dictated by the U.S. Secretary of Education—important at a time when the Obama Administration has been pushing states to adopt Common Core national standards and tests. An amendment by Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R–MO) further strengthened that provision, providing a “sense of Congress” that “states and local educational agencies should maintain the rights and responsibilities of determining educational curriculum, programs of instruction, and assessments for elementary and secondary education.”

As Heritage notes, however, while the SSA could reduce federal red tape in schools, ultimately conservatives hope to substantially limit federal intervention in education. Admittedly, a “fix” to NCLB doesn’t hold a candle to allowing states to completely opt out of the federal program in order to spend their dollars on their most urgent educational needs.

Nevertheless, the push-back against federal intervention into education could undercut the goal of the Obama administration to set the same proficiency standards across the nation.

In fact, Heartlander Magazine indicates that if three more states withdraw from Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of the two federally funded national testing consortia that are creating Common Core tests, the group’s $186 million federal grant will be in jeopardy.

Once PARCC released its new cost estimate of $29.50 per student for math and language testing, Georgia announced its withdrawal. Georgia’s current testing costs $8 to $9 per student, and it assesses five subject areas.

PARCC now has 18 member states, while Smarter Balanced, the other consortium, has 24.


Utah withdraws from Common Core consortium



utahSALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Board of Education voted Friday to end the state’s membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC.

Utah’s involvement in the consortium — one of two that were formed to begin the process of drafting assessments for the Common Core State Standards — had drawn criticism from groups that oppose the core standards. They worried Utah would be tied to assessment materials developed out of state.

According to officials, the state will soon issue a request for proposals from companies interested in working with Utah to provide assessments for mathematics and English language arts. The state will continue implementing the Common Core standards, but the decision to end Utah’s membership with SBAC was made to avoid a conflict of interest with testing materials.

The Common Core State Standards are a set of achievement benchmarks. They are voluntarily adopted, with the goal of improving college- and career-readiness among students as well as establishing a degree of educational consistency between states.

— Benjamin Wood



Clash over Common Core: Opposition grows as national education standards approach



Erika Russell, a mother of four from Maine, had no intention of embroiling herself in the fight over Common Core.

As she put it, “I sent my kids to public school, so I wouldn’t have to worry about what they’re learning.”

Then her then-9-year-old, second-grade daughter returned home from school one day in January of 2012 with a frown.

“She asked me, ‘Mom, Can you home school me?’ I said, ‘What about your friends?’ and she just told me she would see them at sports. Then, I knew something was wrong and I should start looking into this.”

Over the next 18 months, the 36-year-old Russell, who resides in Sidney in the central part of the state, helped found “No Common Core Maine,” a coalition of concerned parents, educators and activists– and one of a growing number of organizations nationwide who have made it their mission to stop Common Core’s implementation.

“My kid was honestly concerned, and I thought if a second-grader was concerned, maybe I should start paying attention. And you know what? The more I looked into it, like all things that are sinister, it’s packed in a nice, little box with a pretty little bow on top, but once you untie the bow, and start unpacking these so-called federal educational standards, you realize it’s all a pack of a lies.”


“There’s a huge fear over this, and I don’t think they thought about these kids when crafting these standards.”

– Gretchen Logue, mother of a hearing impaired student


What Education Secretary Arne Duncan hailed in 2010 as a “quiet revolution” in American education has metastasized into a full-blown battle now being waged in Congress and state houses and at school board meetings, rallies and classrooms around the country.

So far, some 46 states have adopted Common Core State Standards Initiative – a federally-backed set of educational standards promoted, in part, through the promise of millions of dollars in so-called “Race to the Top” grants to those states willing to accept them. Altogether, the standards seek to ensure students throughout the nation are learning the same things, at the same pace. The plan was devised in 2007 by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and has been enthusiastically embraced by the Obama administration.

“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them,” states the initiative’s website. “The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

Beginning in 2014, students in grades 3-8 an in either 10th or 11th grade will take standardized tests to determine their proficiency in Math and English Language Arts.

As full implementation approaches and more parents and lawmakers learn what the program entails, opposition has swelled. Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia and Texas all declined to adopt the standards. Several other states, including Indiana and Michigan, initially signed on only to drop out under public or legislative pressure. Lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, Maine and South Dakota are all pressing their states to either drop out completely or at least dial back their involvement with the standards, in some cases by not administering the tests.

In Maine, Erick Bennett of the Maine Equal Rights Center told he is now awaiting the arrival of petitions from local printers he says will almost assuredly convey the 57,277 signatures required to place an anti-Common Core referendum on his state’s November 2014 ballot – what is expected to be the first of several such popular votes, nationwide, in response to the uniform, federal educational standards.

“We held a well-attended press conference Aug. 21 outside the governor’s office in Augusta to kick off this campaign,” he said. “I’m now setting up a series of town hall meetings across the state and a schedule of press releases. At this time, it’s a matter of public relations and getting the word out.”

In Alabama, the State Legislature in 2012 passed a resolution calling for the state Board of Education to repeal already-adopted Common Core standards, and as late as last month, two public forums on the topic – held in Birmingham and Huntsville – drew a combined crowd easily in excess of 1,200 people.

“The meetings were held on Friday and Saturday nights with little advertising, and I’ll tell you that people came away very motivated,” State School Board member Stephanie Bell told “People were concerned. They’re just finding out about Common Core and they’re unhappy about what is happening in their children’s classrooms.”

Dozens of websites like “Floridians Against Common Core,” “Idahoans for Local Education,” and “Keep Education Local,” – to name just a few – have sprung up, seemingly overnight, to join the fight. And Facebook – and social media, at large – has become an active front, as well, with groups claiming wacky names like, “Badass Parents Association” and “Badass Teachers Association” documenting each-and-every lurch in adoption of Common Core standards, nationwide.

“This is the hottest issue at the grassroots level in America today,” Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Alton, Ill., -based conservative think take Eagle Forum, told “And I describe it as just coming out of the woodwork. All of a sudden, there are meetings and rallies around the nation of concerned parents, moms and dads. They are seeing de facto federal control of what their kids are going to learn and not learn in the classroom, and they don’t like it.”

Betty Peters, Bell’s colleague on the Alabama State Board of Education, who twice voted against adoption of Common Core, was among the first to take to the Internet in opposition of the standards.

“It’s an old-fashioned, grassroots movement,” Peters told “From the beginning, and I was not unique in coming to this conclusion, Common Core is not about educational standards.

“It’s like a magician: In the right hand, he’s holding these sparkling uniform standards that will purportedly level the playing field. But in his left hand and behind his back, he’s holding the other components of this total education initiative. If it were simply standards, it would just be unconstitutional, but not horrible. But it’s so much more, and it’s the so much more that is truly horrible.”

Gretchen Logue, the 55-year-old, St. Louis mother of a hearing impaired student, started the blog, “Missouri Education Watchdog,” three years ago, and then in 2012 co-founded, “The Missouri Coalition against Common Core.” She says there is great uncertainty over whether Common Core will make the same provisions for learning disabled students as currently in-place standards.

“There are a lot of children who aren’t common, who have special needs or who are gifted, or both. And Common Core raised a lot of red flags for me,” she told “There’s a huge fear over this, and I don’t think they thought about these kids when crafting these standards.

Added Logue: “If you look at a deaf child, their language development traditionally lags that of a typical child’s. And you had to adapt. Now, with Common Core, these kids might have to adapt to the standards. Who knows! It’s like a black-hole, and there are no specifics and it’s a huge concern for parents of special-needs kids. How in the world are you going to have common, uniform standards that will address the needs of such a varied population of students.”

In the months following Russell’s strange exchange with her then-9-year-old second-grader, she says she removed three of her four children – one now attends college – out of public schools in favor of a local, private Christian academy. She told Common Core – and what she says is its purportedly hidden agenda- motivated her to do so.

“It’s a violation of privacy,” she said, echoing both Bell and Peters’ concerns. “The government will tell you there is no central database that is part-and-parcel of Common Core, but that’s an outright lie. They’re tracking over 400 data points, from parents’ political and religious affiliations to how much money they make, what the child eats, behaviors and attitudes toward sex…everything. It’s Orwellian. I had my eyes closed to this and I didn’t believe any of it until I saw for myself.”

Russell says she is now barnstorming her state – and notably local school board meetings – with fellow No Common Core Maine members to educate parents, teachers and school administrators on Common Core issues.

“I’m not a conspiracy theorist and I’m not some crazed woman,” she added. “But we’re leading our kids right into communism.

“You have them choosing their career path by middle school and you have standards that every child is going to learn the same thing the exact, same way, no matter who they are as individuals, or what they bring in terms of ability. Children are not common. People are not common. They are unique. And that’s not what Common Core is about.”